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Q: How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? Knowledge of great weapons like Brahmastra didn't get lost, they are still existing. Simple proof is that Parashurama has the knowledge of Brahmasatra and he is a chiranjeevi[1],[2] i.e, he is alive now. Narada said, 'That tiger of Bhrigu's race (viz., Rama), was ...


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The story of Airavan and Mahiravan abducting Rama and Lakshmana is found in Ananda Ramayana. They are two different persons. I have written answer to Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan? . The source of legend of Airavan and Mahiravan is Ananda Ramayana. It is part of story of Rama which is spread in vast expanse (Charitam Raghunatasya Shatakoti Pravistaram). ...


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As said in another answer, this episode does not occur in Sri Valmiki Ramayana but in Sri Ramacharitmanas of Gosvami Tulasidas. Following is the original text with hindi translations from Gita-press gorakhpur's edition (english translations are mine) from LankA-KAnda which contains this episode: 6.34 जौं मम चरन सकसि सठ टारी । फिरहिं रामु सीता मैं हारी ।। [...


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Sita and Rama waiting for kids for a long time can be reasoned in four ways. It's completely their wish. Having kids and when to have kids is upto the wish of the couple. Both sita and Rama know their dharma. Rama is hailed as embodiment of Dharma in Valmiki Ramayana. Moreover, there is no evidence of a person or a situation that forces them to have kids ...


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Angada's challenging all of the warriors in Ravana's palace to lift his feet from ground, is not from Valmiki Ramayana. The following is what transpired in that episode, after delivering of Sri Rama's message by Angada: ततः स रोष ताम्र अक्षह् शशास सचिवांस् तदा | गृह्यताम् एष दुर्मेधा वध्यताम् इति च असकृत् || ६-४१-८४ Then, the enraged Ravana ...


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Yes, as per commentary on Brahma-Sutra 3.3.32: Rishi Apantaratama was born again as Vyasa. Sanatkumara was born as Skanda. So also other Rishis like Vasishtha and Narada were born again. Now these Rishis had attained the knowledge of Brahman, and yet they had to be reborn. If that is so, what is the utility of such knowledge of Brahman?—says the opponent. ...


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No. Rama is not a biological son of Dasharatha. Rama did not born from Kausalya due to the physical union with Dasharatha. The slokha you quoted is Then Dasharatha on entering palace chambers spoke this to queen Kausalya, "Receive this dessert to beget your son." [1-16-26] It says that Dasharatha offered dessert that was obtained after performing ...


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Yes, not the name of all Rishis are available but following is the list of Rishis described in Valmiki Ramayana (quoting text from valmiki.iitk.ac.in and valmikiramayan.net): Bhāradvāja​ Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana met Rishi Bhāradvāja​ first of all after leaving Ayodhya. Bhāradvāja​ instructed them to stay at Citrakūṭa​ (Valmiki 2.54.29). ...


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There is no basis for this story in Valmiki Ramayana. Proof is provided in Ayodhya Kanda Ch 56. Verse 1 अथ रात्र्याम् व्यतीतायाम् अवसुप्तम् अनन्तरम् | प्रबोधयाम् आस शनैः लक्ष्मणम् रघु नन्दनः || २-५६-१ Then, Rama gently woke up Lakshmana, who was sleeping without break, even when the night was passing away. Verse 3 स सुप्तः समये भ्रात्रा ...


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Vedas and Kavyas are entirely different. Vedas are called Apaurusheya which means authorless. They were heard. Ramayana is a kavya written by man - Valmiki. Valmiki written the story of Rama using different words, analogies, embellishments, comparisons. Hence he is called Adi Kavi. Rigveda consists of mantras. Verses in Vedas are called mantras. These are ...


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Previous answers presented excerpts from Shrimad Bhagvat Purana, Padma Purana and Tulasidas Ramcharitamanas. So, I am giving an answer using some other scriptures. Mentions about Rama leaving Sita is present across several scriptures. I am presenting few among them, assuming the intent of question is (just) about mention of Rama leaving Sita due to the ...


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Yes Rama had killed Shambhuka because he was performing ascetic penance to become God in the same human body of his and was desirous of attaining celestial powers which could have been risk for Gods. It is mentioned in Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. From Valmiki Ramayana, Uttara Kanda, Chapter 75-76, When Rama asked him why he is performing such ascetic ...


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As per Valmiki Ramayana, Sita Devi had no brothers. This was specified at time of Kaushilya admonishing Kaikeyi post Dasaratha's death. वृद्धः चैव अल्प पुत्रः च वैदेहीम् अनिचिन्तयन् | सो अपि शोक समाविष्टः ननु त्यक्ष्यति जीवितम् || २-६६-११ Janaka too who is aged, and who is not having sons, will be thinking of Sita, over whelmed with grief and will ...


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He said brahm(ब्रह्म) and not brahmA(ब्रह्मा). There is a difference. Lord Vishnu is considered as brahm; so it is perfectly fine to refer him as. As per the definition of brahm: Brahm or Brahman is "the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world", which "cannot be exactly defined". It has been described in Sanskrit as Sat-cit-ānanda[1] and as the ...


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It would appear so. There are other references of vedas in Ramayana. kushiilavau tu dharmaGYau raajaputrau yashasvinau | bhraatarau svarasampannau dadarsha aashramavaasinau || sa tu medhaavinau dR^ishhTvaa vedeShu pariniShThitau | vedopabR^ihmaNaarthaaya taavagraahayata prabhuh || kaavyaM raamaayaNaM kR^itsnaM siitaayaashcharitaM mahat.h| ...


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The distance between Ayodhya and Valmiki Ashram is about 300 kilometers. In the Ramayana, it is mentioned that Laxman left Sita at the Valmiki Ashram and returned the same day. The author argues that at that time, it was not possible to return to Ayodhya from the Valmiki Ashram, which was 600 km away. So, on that basis author claims that Ayodhyapuri is only ...


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King Dasharatha decides to perform an elaborate Vedic ritual, called Aswamedha yajna, Horse Ritual, to beget children. He being a considerate king in taking conscience of the courtiers, he discusses this aspect with the Vedic scholars and ministers of his court, beforehand. मम लालस्य मानस्य सुतार्थम् नास्ति वै सुखम् | तदर्थम् हयमेधेन यक्ष्ह्यामि इति मतिर् ...


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Yes Ravana killed his sister's husband. As per this chapter of Valmiki Ramayana: Uttar Kanda: And then going to the city named Asma ruled by the Kalakayas, Ravana() slew the Kalakayas endowed with terriffic striength ;and then with his sword cut of his brother.in law, the husband of Surpanakha, the mighty Vidyujjihva possessed of terriffic strength; as that ...


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As far as I know, Sudarshana Chakra has many legends associated with it. I don't think it is mentioned as such in Ramayana and Mahabharata. However it is mentioned in chapter 34 of KotiRudra Samhita in Shiva Purana that Lord Shiva gave Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. This chapter, named as Acquisition of Sudarshana by Vishnu reads as follows- Vyāsa said:— ...


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In 2018 Supporting the theory, scientists did find specimens of four tusked elephants from the intact skeleton from France. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/12/french-farmer-kept-quiet-finding-skull-first-ever-four-tusked/ “It is a fantastic discovery. A complete skull with the mandibula is very rare. And for this species, it is the only one in the ...


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Kumbhakarna was cursed by Lord Brahma. This story is told by Vibhisana to Lord Rama in this chapter of Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. In summary what happens is: Kumbhakarna soon after his birth begins to eat thousands of living creatures. Lord Indra was reported about this matter and he goes to punish Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna plucks tusk of Airavata and ...


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According to Padma Purana, after the departure of Sita in the Earth, Sri Rama ruled the Kingdom for 11,000 years. After Sita’s disappearance, Shri Rama ruled for eleven thousand years. So if we add up the number years he spent on Earth, before the departure of Sita, we will get his life span. By the time he reached Chitrakuta, at the commencement of 14 ...


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According to the minor Sannyasa Upanishdas, there are different types of ascetics, whose sole purpose is to seek for liberation viz- Kuticaka, Bahudaka, Hamsa, Paramhamsa, Turiyatata and Avadhuta. Of these the first type (Kuticaka) is at the lowest stage of realisation and Avadhuta and Turiyatita at the highest stage. Of these,ONLY the last two are ...


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Indeed Valmiki Ramayana does not mention the name of the bow that was broken by Sri Rama. But it did mention that the same bow was used to destroy Tripura. From Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Kanda Oh, best one among men, out of the two longbows gods gave one to restive Trymbaka, God Shiva for a combat with demon Tripura, and oh, Kakutstha, that bow alone is ...


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I am reproducing the question part: Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a brahmin, and didn't do anything as parihara. What are the parihara for sins of brahmin killing? Let me answer point-wise: Dasaratha never killed any ...


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Hanuman killed Nikumbha Then, while the roaring Nikumbha was killed in battle by Hanuma, there ensued an exceedingly terrific struggle between the enraged Rama and Makaraksha, son of Khara a ruler of demons. http://valmikiramayan.net/utf8/yuddha/sarga77/yuddha_77_frame.htm Sugreeva Killed Virupaksha(son of ravan) Beholding that mighty Virupaksha ...


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Yes, besides Uttar Kanda sargas 73-76 of Valmiki Ramayana, Puranas also mention this incident of Killing of a shudra ascetic called Shambuka by Shree Rama. For instance in Padma Purana- Shristi Kanda- Section 1 - Chapter 35 - The Killing of Sudra Ascetic we find mention of this story. Brief of the story - : After killing of Ravana, once when Shree ...


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Probably Vashishta and other court-appointed acharyas. From Valmiki Ramayan गजस्कन्धेऽश्वपृष्ठे च रथचर्यासु सम्मतः धनुर्वेदे च निरतः पितृशुश्रूषणे रतः Rama is admittedly a champion of riding elephants and horses, also in tactical charioting, and he rejoices in the art of archery, and absorbed in the obedient service of his father. The keyword is '...


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